Ohio Instructors

Ashley Mohn RVT

Ashley has been in the animal field since 1998, working in numerous positions in Veterinary Clinics working with a vast array of animals such as Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Chickens, Dogs, Cats and pocket pets. Ashley became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2006 and has enjoyed helping others have an understanding and skill set to treat animals.

Melissa West RVT

Melissa is a native Ohioan and Registered Veterinary Technician who earned her degree in Veterinary Technology from Kent State University. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2015 in private practice as well as non-profit rescue.  Melissa has been passionate about animals and their care ever since she was born, and recently discovered her love of educating pet owners everywhere. Melissa is very excited to share her knowledge and experience with her community. In her spare time she enjoys knitting, cooking, and spending time with her fiancé and their multitude of rescued pets – including a 3-legged pitbull.

Diane Pekarek

For over 20 years Diane has worked as a senior manager and educator in the zoo and alpaca industry, and most recently in a public aquarium. During this time she created high quality employee training programs, and animal-focused education programs. Diane attended University of Denver’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection. Here she studied the critical role that animals play in helping people live healthy lives. Diane is the founder and operator of Corporate Canine, LLC (www.thecorporatecanine.com). This unique business creates and implements successful dog-at-work programs for companies of all sizes.

Marie Buckingham

Marie is an ABC Certified dog trainer. She is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.P.O.T. evaluator.  She has worked with dogs for most of her life, from Police k-9’s to her own pets.  Marie owns and trains dogs at her dock jumping facility, The Gated Dock in Shelby, Ohio.